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5.0 out of 5 stars World War One's "Bastogne", June 3, 2014
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The "Lost Battalion" (a journalist's term that caught on) were 554, or so, American soldiers who held out against German forces surrounding them for five days -- deep in the Argonne Forest -- in 1918. They ran out of food after two days, but they refused to surrender. By the end, 360 had been killed, wounded, taken sick from living unsheltered in the October rain, or captured.
Johnson and Pratt superbly researched this from military records and from the recollections of American and German survivors, publishing it 20 years after the event. The writing is such that the reader can easily place himself in the conflict. Some of the soldiers seem real: Whittlesey, McMurtry, Hollingshead, Krotoshinsky, Kozlowski, Cullen, Larney, Newcom, Cepeglia were survivors. Others, who died -- Schenck, Peabody, Cavello, Baedeke -- are equally easy to recall.
The descriptions of the Lost Battalion's movements, and those of various units trying to make contact with them, are so... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, August 3, 2017
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Great Book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas M Johnson has done a lot of research in the day by day action of this incident in WWI~!!, October 19, 2013
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My father was in the lost battalion. He was there on his birthday Oct 8th. He was from Idaho with all those New York Boys~!
Thank goodness he was one of the 200 Plus that survived and able to walk out, from the initial 555 that were in the pocket.

DaVon Lauder
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